Post # 1
I am lazy, I admit it. So I am all about ‘easy’ ways to do fitness. Here are my ideas, feel free to post yours!
– Replace your desk chair with a yoga ball, at least for part of the day. If you spend all day sitting like I do, this builds muscles and burns more calories as your body must work to stabilize on the ball vs. being ‘slumped’ (added benefit – they are actually super comfy.)
– Isometrics baby. Oh yeah! Ok, you are not going to get totally toned doing isometrics only, but they will help, and you can do them anywhere, anytime, with little energy. (Isometrics are basically clenching and releasing any muscle.)
– Half and half meals – supposedly, it takes about 20 minutes after you eat something for your body to recognize the food and shut down your hunger. If I split a meal into two halves – eating one half and then waiting 30 minutes or so for the other – I find I eat what I actually need and avoid gobbling it all down because I’m freaking starving!
Post # 3
75-80% of it is what you eat, believe me I did fitness competitions for 4 years and unfortunely the eating is the most important part to being healthy and in shape. If it was all about exercise I would be lucky because I love to workout and be active. My best advice is workout out in the morning, I wake up at 4:30am and I am at the gym by 5am!
Post # 4
I am just like you Rose999, lazy. I would rather watch fitness tv or research workouts than actaully do one… Here is how I stay in shape (I think im pretty in shape but could tone some)
I used to just have a yoga ball when i lived in the dorms that i sat on. It was way more comfortable than the dorm chair anyways and I knew it was a good core workout. I dont have that ball anymore nad have yet to invest in a new one, but it does work ppl… try it!
Our house sits on a decent sized lot that has a good sized front and back yard. Instead of hiring someone to cut the lawn like we used to, we are saving money by using our push mower. I am so sore when I am done pushing that thing around the yard. It may not seem like a workout, but it is.
I also golf with my FI. It is a fun way to spend time with him and it is a great way to work arms, back, core, and legs. We sometimes just his a basket of balls and other times we go out and acutally play a round of gold, but either way it is a great workout and you dont even realize it.
Lastly, I consider my job a workout. I bartend and lifting ice buckets to fill our ice coolers is a great arm workout… also lifting bottles of liquor is like lifting light weights, and after 8 hours of it you can feel the burn. My arms are def more toned since I started bartending.
That is about it for me.
Post # 5
If I’m feeling lazy & just want to watch tv- I will let the DVR play through the commercials and I’ll do planks, crunches & push ups for those 2 minutes. Hmm what else… I always take the stairs & if the weather is nice I try to walk instead of drive.
I figure every bit helps!
Oooh! I also take a dance class three times a week… its pure fun & its a killer workout. It doesn’t feel like a workout! Thats the key to exercise. Find something you love that doesn’t feel like work.
I think the most boring thing at the gym is just hopping on a machine! Blah…
Post # 6
I lOOOOve classes. they’re so fun.
when I don’t feel like doing anything, sometimes I hold and clench my abs while i watch tv. after a few minutes i can feel it. Or i just hold a few planks and call it a day =]
Post # 7
Ditto about the classes – FI and I have been doing kickboxing twice/week with some of my co-workers. The time flies, you may feel stupid but it’s a built-in workout with no time to rest (you know what I’m talking about, if you are trying to workout on your own, and you need to "take a break"). Also, we are way into Gentle Yoga and playing tennis – things that are good workouts but don’t FEEL like them. I’m all about the lazy-workouts!!!
Post # 8
Oy, classes…I tried the kickboxing once and I could not move in several directions for a few days afterwards, so I admire your workout skills! I do like the idea of trying to make a workout fun…I took some kids I baby-sit for my neighbor to a moon bounce the other day and it was the best workout I’ve had in years!
Post # 9
I am VERY lazy and lack motivation. One workout DVD that I found that at least got me going when I didn’t want to work out was the 10 Minute Trainer with Tony Horton (p90x guy). Although, it is only 10 minutes it definitely works you out… But other exercises like walking is better than nothing. I now join my FI in when he walks our poochie.
Post # 10
My gym has elliptical machines hooked up to cable TV. I don’t have cable at home, so I’ll go to the gym and do an easy 20-40 minutes of cardio while watching TV. Ah, Real Housewives, my guilty pleasure.
Sometimes in the morning before work, I’ll do a ten minute run. That’s it. Workout for the day.
Post # 11
I’ve started today with meal replacement shakes.. tell you know it goes.. and taste! but as far as exercise i do squats while i watch tv..at least 100 a day! its pretty easy to do especially since your mind is occupied. But I started doing p90x and I do have to say it works out your body! do it with a buddy to help motivate you!